GUWAHATI, April 17 - Four more patients were released today after they tested negative for the novel coronavirus in Golaghat district, taking the total number of cured patients in the State to 9. The patients � Haidar Ali, Wahida Begum, Yakub Ali and Ruma Begum � were under treatment at the Swahid Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who today monitored the discharge of the four cured patients, said, �They were released after four successive negative tests. They will be in home quarantine now.�
Two more positive cases emerged yesterday � at Lahorighat in Morigaon � after which many officials, including the DC, SP and District Joint Director, Health were advised home quarantine. However, the Health Minister today said the contact history of the DC and SP of Morigaon with the now-turned-positive person is more than 14 days old.
One of the two persons who tested positive yesterday � Samsul Alom (72) � is the head of Tablighi Jamaat in Assam, the minister said, adding that he helped the government in tracing all the Nizamuddin congregation attendees from Assam.
Reportedly, Alom concealed his travel history initially, following which the SP and DC interacted with him to get the details of Nizamuddin congregation attendees of the State.
�As per protocol, their (of DC and SP) test samples were collected today, the result of which would be known by this evening,� he said.
More cured patients are likely to be released from MMCH and GMCH in Guwahati tomorrow.
Sources said the four patients from Nalbari who are at MMCH have also tested negative on two successive days, paving the way for their release.
Meanwhile, the Health Minister today visited the Diphu Medical College & Hospital along with his MoS Pijush Hazarika and interacted with doctors, nurses and health officials. He also reviewed their preparedness for treatment of COVID-19 patients.